PhD, Astronomy, 1998, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Lisa Prato’s research primarily spans three main projects: (1) the measurement of accurate dynamical mass ratios in the closest binary star systems in some of the youngest star forming regions known, (2) the properties of individual component stars and their planet-forming circumstellar disks in young binaries, and (3) a radial velocity survey for the youngest planets forming around young, low-mass stars. Prato maintains a web page which includes a sortable young binary star database and a high-resolution H-band spectral catalogue of low-mass spectral type standard stars. After leaving Stony Brook in 1998, Prato held two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to Lowell Observatory in 2004. Most of her work exploits the power of high-resolution infrared spectroscopy; she also uses photometry and interferometry, and millimeter and visible light wavelengths.
Dr. Prato is an avid hiker and biker. In 2005, she was one of six staff members who completed the 80-mile mountain bike ride from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. She can also regularly be found at Lowell’s outreach events, talking about her research with our visitors and donors. If you would like to find out more about Lisa’s research check out her page here.